Delaware, Nebraska, Texas win USDA hemp approval

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas are the latest states to win federal approval for their plans to regulate hemp in 2020. Four American Indian tribes also were greenlighted Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The states join Louisiana, Ohio and New Jersey with federal permission to take the lead in overseeing hemp in 2020. […]

‘Baffling’ smokable hemp ban in Indiana moves to federal appeals court

Indiana is making a “baffling” argument against smokable hemp as it tries to revive a ban ruled unconstitutional, a group of hemp wholesalers and retailers told a federal appeals court that’s been asked to intervene in the case. The Midwest Hemp Council and seven Indiana hemp wholesalers are challenging the state’s attempt to revive a smokable hemp […]

Hemp producers finding major profits from minor cannabinoids

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Will 2020 be the year of the cannabinoid CBG? Some hemp producers are betting on it after a year of overproduction of CBD. Hemp farmers are looking to diversify their production options – and go after larger profits – by sourcing genetics that will allow […]

New pharmaceutical CBD supplier enters German market

(This is an abridged version of a story that first appeared on Marijuana Business Daily International.) Pharmaceutical-grade CBD kits are now available to German pharmacists for personalized compound preparations. Cannamedical Pharma GMBH, a Cologne-based distributor of medical cannabis, now sells plant-derived CBD isolate kits to pharmacists who compound medicines according to a doctor’s prescription. The […]

Former DEA chief joins new CBD advisory panel

A former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining the latest advisory panel tackling CBD regulations. Karen Tandy, who led the DEA from 2003 to 2007 and was the first female DEA chief, is among a panel of former government officials looking at the CBD industry for the Consumer Brands Association, which […]

Too much of a good thing? EU health agency warns of possible THC exposure from eating large amounts of hemp foods

A European Union health agency is warning that eating hemp foods can cause elevated THC levels if ingested in high quantities, a troubling signal for hemp businesses in Europe and worldwide that are seeking assurances that hemp is safe to put in food and drink. The January report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) […]

Italy sets THC limits, testing standards for hemp food

Italy put in place a THC limit for foods made from hemp’s grain, giving producers “long-awaited” guidance for bringing products to market. The Italy Ministry of Health set the maximum THC levels at: 2 milligrams per kilogram for flour, seeds and supplements derived from hempseed (grain). 5 milligrams per kilogram for oil derived from hempseed. […]

Physicians warming to CBD drug for epilepsy, pharmaceutical maker tells investors

Broad physician adoption of a cannabis-derived epilepsy treatment is boosting sales for the only company with federal permission to sell cannabis products in the United States. London-based GW Pharmacetuticals told investors Monday that it notched $108 million in sales last quarter and $309 million for calendar 2019. The sales figures were released in advance of the company’s […]

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